Floors Magazine Floors Magazine June / July 2014 - Page 18

Inspiration for manufacturers to design new carpet products for recycling or reuse at end of life was a key theme at Carpet Recycling UK’s sixth Annual Conference, held in Birmingham in June. Record attendances for the 2014 event saw delegates relishing networking opportunities at the pre-conference dinner, sponsored for the third year running by Invista, manufacturers of ANTRON® Carpet Fibres, followed by “Given the quality of nominations was so high, this made choosing the winners a difficult task for our judges,” commented CRUK Director Laurance Bird. “Having exceeded our 25% landfill diversion target two years early, it was the right time to celebrate the achievements of those who have made real advancements in carpet recycling and re-use. CRUK is now well-established enough to host an annual awards Carpet Recycling UK conference inspires ‘design for recycling’ the conference itself focussing on resources for the Circular Economy. Almost 100 delegates attended from a wide range of different sectors, including representatives from the waste management and retail sectors, plus contractors and those interested in becoming carpet recyclers. For the first time, CRUK’s annual conference featured an awards ceremony recognising the innovation and achievements of members, both individuals and organisations, who have made important contributions to the sector. There were 18 shortlisted companies across four categories. The entries were judged by a panel of independent judges including Richard Catt, CEO of the CFA and Ray Georgeson of the Resource Association. Winners and Highly Commended runners-up in four categories were: Innovation in Recycling - Desso Ltd (winner) and Anglo Recycling Technology. Take Back Partner of the Year – Anglo Recycling Technology (winner) and Abingdon Flooring. Re-Use Member of the Year – Greenstream Flooring CIC (winner) and Carpet Tile Recycling Recycling Champion – Tony Winder, owner of Winder Carpets Ltd (winner) and Mike Collins, Operations Manager at Abingdon Flooring. Outstanding Achievement – Laurance Bird. ceremony. Congratulations to everyone!” Keen interest was shown in presentations from CRUK manufacturing members Abingdon Flooring, Forbo (material recovery) and Milliken (sustainability progress) who shared their expertise and achievements to date in increasing the sustainability of their products. “We hope the extent of both these companies’ successes